Schwyz 1653 thaler Dav-4629

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Sincona sale 11, lot 2831
from Heritage sale 3049, lot 31531
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The first specimen was lot 2831 in Sincona sale 11 (Zurich, May 2013), where it sold for 1,000 CHF (about US$1,238 including buyer's fees). The catalog description[1] noted,
"Schwyz Taler 1653. Schön-sehr schön. (Switzerland, canton of Schwyz, thaler of 1653, fine to very fine.)"
The second specimen was lot 31531 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description[2] noted, "Schwyz. City Taler 1653 VF Details (Excessive Surface Hairlines) NGC. Depicting St. Martin on horseback sharing his cloak with a beggar, and the crowned, double-headed imperial eagle design. The surfaces are attractively toned to a gunmetal shade, with light hairlines present throughout and mild adjustment marks that transverse the centers. A scarce issue at all levels, still very much coveted when encountered as such. Ex. LHS Auction 2006. From the Redwood Collection, Part II." This rare thaler is not priced above very fine. The reverse depicts St. Martin dividing his cloak with a beggar.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: silver; this specimen is 27.61 g.

Catalog reference: D.T. 1216, HMZ 2-788a, Dav-4629, KM 24.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Richter, Juerg, and Ruedi Kunzmann, Neuer HMZ-Katalog, Band 2: Die Münzen der Schweiz und Liechtensteins 15//16. Jahrhundert bis Gegenwart, Regenstauf, Germany: H. Gietl Verlag GmbH, 2006.
  • [1]Numismatic Coins, Medals & Banknotes, Auction 11, Zurich: Sincona AG, 2013.
  • [2]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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